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Jul

“Voice of the voiceless” Learning from SORADI’s project to strengthen accountability in Hargeisa

This paper provides a successful example of addressing both supply- and demand-side issues to improve local governance in Hargeisa, Somalia. It highlights how, when done in tandem, building coalitions and strengthening capacity within government institutions can achieve results which can improve state-citizen relations and government responsiveness, as well as empower citizens. Citizens’ ability to seek accountability from Hargeisa Local Council is highly constrained, SORADI’s evidence-based, coalition-building model provides some clues as to what an effective approach might look like. Drawing ...

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24

Jul

Mythbusting confidentiality in public contracting

Transparency and openness around this spending can help improve the competitiveness, integrity and efficiency of the contracting process. Concern about confidentiality of information in the contracts obscures vital details from the public, challenges better decision-making and monitoring of the procurement process and public spending. The Open Contracting Partnership talked to over 70 experts from more than 20 countries and found surprisingly little evidence that supports keeping contracting information secret. This handy guide and report will help you with arguments and ...

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5

Jul

Going Vertical: Citizen-led Reform Campaigns in the Philippines

Going Vertical is a result of action-research collaboration between Government Watch (G-Watch) and the Accountability Research Center (ARC) on multi-level citizen action for acountability. This book invetsigates how one strategic approach to citizen accountability – vertical integration – enabled seven reform initiatives in the Philippines to gain meaningful results. This book is an expanded version of a research report published in December 2016, supported by a grant from Making All Voices Count (MAVC). The research was conducted in 2015 and ...

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2

Apr

Enhancing return on social investment

India has a rich history of corporate spending on the social sector as a part of social responsibility. The 2013 Companies Act formalised and mandated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spends based on specific criteria. Enough has been written since then about CSR activities in various sectors. One of the emerging areas of discussion is the need for organisations to focus on assessment and measurement – what is their CSR strategy/programme accomplishing and, how can it be measured? The goal of ...

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16

Feb

Distract, Divide, Detach: Using Transparency and Accountability to Justify Regulation of CSOs

TAI members seek to strengthen civil society resilience against undue government pressure. In its latest report, TAI takes a deep dive on how governments weaponize transparency to further close down civic space and puts forward recommendations on how the transparency community can respond.

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